The Duchess of Cambridge came face to face with her own sporting performance today as she opened an exhibition of images from the 2012 Games at the National Portrait Gallery.

In an electric blue Stella McCartney dress and a gold Cartier Olympic-themed necklace featuring five rings, Kate was amused to see a photo of herself among the exhibits.

The black-and-white image taken by Jillian Edelstein shows a smiling Duchess in a Team GB “hoodie” when she visited the women’s hockey team at the Olympic Park in March.

Kate and Princes William and Harry are to throw themselves into supporting Team GB, visiting training camps and appearing at Olympic events where Britain has a chance of striking gold, including cheering on the princes’ cousin Zara Phillips in the equestrian events in Greenwich Park.

As Team GB ambassadors, they will also shine a light on workers behind the scenes, including volunteers, torch bearers and catering staff. They will also link up with future Olympic stars to ensure the long-term sporting legacy of the London Games.

Gallery director Sandy Nairne said: “We know she [the Duchess] loves taking photographs. She was very intrigued about how things got taken and why they got taken. She was on very good form and she was asking lovely questions. I think she was very pleased to see some of the torchbearers. We have only got 10 out of the 8,000.”

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The National Portrait Gallery’s Road to 2012: Aiming High Exhibition – July 19, 2012